Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times explaining why he favoured Anthony Stokes up front for the game against St Mirren last week.
There was some surprise when Stokes was named as Celtic’s centre forward with Leigh Griffiths and John Guidetti both confined to the subs bench.
“As for Stokesy, he has been very positive lately, and been good in training. It was a tough game for him to play, but I wanted to see him up front again,” said Deila.
“In the end, we managed to break down St Mirren and get the goals we needed for the victory.”
Stokes has predominantly been used in a wider role under Deila, but he took the match as a chance to see how he performed playing through the middle of the team’s attack.
It paid off because Celtic won the game and it will be interesting to see how Griffiths and Guidetti react as a result.
Griffiths may feel as though he’s under the most pressure because he’s been the main man up front in recent weeks for the Bhoys.
For Guidetti, a position off of the bench is something that he has grown used to this season and it’s not completely unfamiliar to him.
Celtic take on Partick Thistle tomorrow night and it will be interesting to see if Deila sticks with Stokes up front or whether Griffiths comes back into the team, with the former switching to a wider starting position.